There was a time, during the height of her career, that this A++ list singer/actress was almost cured of her addiction to speed.
On the advice of her then (married) lover, a future Oscar winning director/writer, she underwent several psychoanalysis sessions at the Menninger Clinic.
The shrink diagnosed her as being manic depressive and suggested that she temporarily retire and go off her current regimen of uppers and downers.
Well, she went cold turkey with the pills (and it worked) but as for retiring, her stage mother from hell put a stop to that.
The mother, one of the worst of all time, called up her shrink and screamed over the phone “NOTHING IS WRONG WITH MY DAUGHTER!!” (needless to say, the strained relationship between mother and daughter was further strained to the point of nonexistence).
Mommy dearest also called up the head of the movie studio and the head demanded that the star go back to work because of time, money, blah blah blah.
All attempts to get her off the pills failed due to her mother’s sabotage and she took the next train back to Hollywood.
Needless to say, the film she was set to start work on was one she didn’t want to do at all but it turned out to be one of her best.
As for her then lover, they broke up soon afterwards and he always regretted the fact that he didn’t stop her mother sabotaging her daughter’s sobriety.
Actress: Dorothy Dandrige
Stage mother Ruby
Married lover: Otto Preminger
Movie: Carmen Jones
Source: Mr. X via http://www.crazydaysandnights.net